bacterial vaginosis


Definition of bacterial vaginosis 

: vaginitis that is marked by a grayish vaginal discharge usually of foul odor and that is associated with the presence of excessive amounts of some bacteria (especially Gardnerella vaginalis)

called also nonspecific vaginitis

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Using soap could upset your vagina’s ratio of good to bad bacteria, possibly resulting in infections such as bacterial vaginosis. Sophie Saint Thomas, SELF, "Here's Exactly What to Do If You Get Something Spicy on Your Vulva or Vagina," 12 Oct. 2018 Trichomonioasis is also typically treated with metronidazole or tinidazole, two of those drugs often used for bacterial vaginosis. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s What Could Be Going On if You Have Fishy Vaginal Odor," 26 June 2018 That can lead to dryness, which can lead to tearing, which can lead to things like yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Get Your Sex-Ed From Vanderpump Rules," 30 May 2018 May estimates that something like Gardnerella vaginalis, an agent of the infection bacterial vaginosis, typically won’t live on a hard surface longer than a day or two. Lindsey Lanquist, SELF, "How to Clean Your Sex Toys So You Can Use Them Safely," 15 Mar. 2018 Reducing the vagina’s acidity can allow harmful bacteria to thrive and cause an infection, like bacterial vaginosis, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Ashley Oerman, Cosmopolitan, "15 Ways You’re Using Tampons Wrong," 30 Apr. 2015 First of all, this sounds like a horrible yeast infection or case of bacterial vaginosis waiting to happen. Monique Judge, The Root, "Stop Sticking Fruit in Your Vagina," 15 Feb. 2018 Similar mixtures of bacteria could be added to the skin or the vagina for those who suffer from conditions like atopic dermatitis or bacterial vaginosis. Tara Smith, SELF, "Are Probiotics Anything More Than Hype?," 14 Sep. 2017

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bacterial vaginosis

bacterial vag·​i·​no·​sis | \-ˌvaj-ə-ˈnō-səs \

Medical Definition of bacterial vaginosis 

: vaginitis that is marked by a grayish vaginal discharge usually of foul odor and that is associated with the presence of a bacterium especially of the genus Gardnerella (G. vaginalis synonym Haemophilus vaginalis) abbreviation BV

called also nonspecific vaginitis

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